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Fart Proudly In Philadelphia?

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In 1781, Benjamin Franklin wrote a satirical letter, purporting to be a proposal for a subject for European scientists to study. Franklin, an amateur scientist himself, was making a snide point about what he considered to be rather frivolous research by the Europeans.

Newt Has A Monstrously Bad Idea

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Newt Gingrich's supposed smartness is rather indiscriminate, when examined closely. Newt has what he considers 10 or 12 brilliant ideas each day, which he is in the habit of just tossing out for discussion.

Friday Talking Points -- D.C. Smoke-In History

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington D.C., deserves at least an honorable mention, for standing strong in the face of threats of jail time from House Republicans, for allowing the will of the voters (70 percent of them) to become law this week.

Groucho Gave Secretary High Marx: Author Steve Stoliar Recalls His Days as Groucho Marx's Secretary

Steve Karras | Posted 04.07.2013 | Comedy
Steve Karras

Stoliar's storied tenure as Groucho Marx's secretary is tempered with highs and lows, bookended by the psychotic Erin Fleming -- Groucho's young and mercurial life manager and companion who hitched her wagon to the star in his declining years.

Before There Was Jon Stewart There Was Paul Krassner

Forward.com | Posted 04.03.2012 | Comedy

Decades before Jon Stewart brought his popular admixture of satire and journalism to the mass media on Comedy Central, the unique hybrid of the two ge...

Yippie-Dee-Doo-Dah, Part 3: When The Yippies Invaded Disneyland

Jim Hill | Posted 10.08.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Those who were actually inside Disneyland on the night of Aug. 6, 1970 recall gaping at those 150 riot police that suddenly appeared along Main Street, U.S.A., their billy clubs at the ready.

Yippie-Dee-Doo-Dah, Part 2: When the Yippies Invaded Disneyland

Jim Hill | Posted 10.05.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

When members of the Youth International Party tried to call Nunis' bluff by turning and heading back up Main Street, U.S.A. toward Sleeping Beauty Castle, that's when the riot police came marching out from backstage.

Yippie-Dee-Doo-Dah, Part 1: When The Yippies Invaded Disneyland

Jim Hill | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Last week's "Twiot" on Hollywood Boulevard reminded me of the last time SoCal youth sought to battle "The Man" in a theme-park-like setting -- when a vocal group of Yippies forced the early closure of Disneyland on Aug. 6, 1970.

Forty Years After Chicago, We Have Not Found the Things We Lost

Judy Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Collins

The Chicago Seven were very serious peace activists and were baited into a festival of confusion instead of a festival of life in Chicago in 1968, launched to take the focus off the war.

That's The Way It Wasn't

Sam Leff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Leff

Some forty years after Walter Cronkite told it like it was and called the Chicago of 1968 "a police state," Tom Brokaw, A.O. Scott, and Andie Tucher told their own versions -- like it wasn't.

Anniversary: Chicago '68

Michael Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael Kaplan

All things converged to one night: tonight, forty-one years ago. The police found the fuse and lit it.

Interview with an Investigative Satirist

Paul Krassner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paul Krassner

I thought that some of you might enjoy this Q&A with me in The Sun magazine, an oasis in the desert of gossip mongering And while I'm here in Blogsvi...

Whole World Watching Grant Park, Again

Howard Wolinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Howard Wolinsky

American flags were waving Tuesday night over Grant Park as they celebrated the Obama win. Back in '68, the riot in Grant Park started when a protester tried to lower an American flag.